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WJEC A-level History

The study of History at A-level provides you with a fascinating opportunity to study some of the most significant events of the past – some of which have shaped the world in which we live today.

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The course will provide you with an introduction to the ideas, events and personalities shaping the development of Britain and Europe over the past century. A-level History will develop your analytical and questioning skills and provide you with an opportunity to explore the events of history and the significance they had both then and now.

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy
  • History grade B and English Language/Literature/First Language Welsh grade B
  • Please check the AS Level Options Grid to see if this subject fits into your chosen programme
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to attending a course information session or informal interview
  • Successful completion of relevant programme (including skills) and decision from progression board meeting

Learners to study history through several scales and dimensions, including period, depth and breadth. This will encourage the acquisition of a wide range of historical knowledge and a full range of skills.

Units to be studied will include:

  • Government, revolution and society in Wales and England c.1603 – 1715
  • The crisis of the American republic c.1840-1877
  • Part 1: Sectional differences and the road to civil war c.1840-1861 
  • Poverty, protest and rebellion in Wales and England c.1485 – 1603
  • The crisis of the American republic c.1840 – 1877
  • Part 2: Civil war and reconstruction c.1861 – 1877
  • A personal research project

Learners also complete the Advanced Skills Baccalaureate Wales and are required to develop their essential skills (communication/numeracy and digital skills). Learners will also attend a weekly group tutorial.

You may need to study an additional skills course depending on:
  • the course you are taking at College
  • what grades you gained in your GCSE Maths and/or English Language
Click below to find out what skills course you may be taking at College

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.

  • Written examination
  • Completion of a final major project

This course can lead to a diverse range of career opportunities in a varied range of businesses including: Academic researcher, Archivist, Heritage manager, Historic buildings inspector/conservation officer, Museum education officer, Museum/gallery curator, Museum/gallery exhibitions officer, Secondary school teacher, Academic librarian, Archaeologist, Broadcast journalist, Civil Service administrator, Editorial assistant, Human resources officer, Information officer, Marketing executive, Policy officer, Politician’s assistant, Solicitor.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) to check any entry requirements.

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Text books - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course, most text books are available to loan from the college library or online libraries
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2024/25
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

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Sports Academy: While on this course you may be able to join our Sports Academy, if you have a talent for sport, find out what we offer on our Sports Academy page.

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Last updated: 24/10/2023
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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